Only five en­tered to face Mo­hay­men

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – Mike Welsch

By Jay Priv­man

Only five chal­lengers were en­tered on Wed­nes­day to face Mo­hay­men on Satur­day in the Grade 2, $400,000 Foun­tain of Youth Stakes at Gulf­stream Park, and the field could be even smaller by race day, be­cause trainer Stan­ley Gold was con­tem­plat­ing whether to run both Awe­some Ban­ner and Fel­low­ship, or merely go with Fel­low­ship and re-route Awe­some Ban­ner to the Tampa Bay Derby on March 12.

He en­tered both colts – both sons of Awe­some of Course, both owned by Fred Brei’s Jacks or Bet­ter Farm – and he’ll have un­til Satur­day af­ter­noon to make up his mind. The pace of the race would be im­pacted by Awe­some Ban­ner, who has led from start to fin­ish in three sprints, all at Gulf­stream, in­clud­ing the Hutch­e­son Stakes and Swale Stakes. The Foun­tain of Youth – or the Tampa Bay Derby – would be his first try around two turns.

“He hasn’t shown me that he won’t stretch out,” Gold said Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

That’s not an is­sue with Fel­low­ship, who fin­ished third be­hind Mo­hay­men and Green­pointcru­sader in last month’s Holy Bull. He has come back to work strongly, with a five­fur­long drill in 58.60 sec­onds on Feb. 13 at Gulf­stream that was the best of the morn­ing.

“He’s been train­ing re­ally well,” Gold said.

Gold felt that Fel­low­ship ran a race that was a bit “un­der the radar” in the Holy Bull.

“He was run­ning, and ob­vi­ously he wants to go long,” Gold said. “We’ll see if we can open up some eyes on Satur­day, or dis­ap­pear into the sun­set.”

Fel­low­ship has won twice in nine starts. His most re­cent win came in the In Re­al­ity divi­sion of the Florida Stal­lion Se­ries at Gulf­stream on Oct. 3. Since then, he was se­cond in a pair of mi­nor stakes at Gulf­stream Park West, then, in his race prior to the Holy Bull, faded to fifth in the Mu­cho Ma­cho Man af­ter mak­ing a mid-race move.

“His run­ning style isn’t the same as his work­ing style,” Gold said. “He wants to set­tle and then run the last half-mile.

“In the Mu­cho Ma­cho Man, that’s not how he wants to run. Now we just let him run his race. There was kind of a lazy pace in the Holy Bull, but I don’t ex­pect a lazy pace this time.”

To be sure, Zulu – who is com­ing out of two sprints – should pro­vide some pace, so too Awe­some Speed, who is try­ing two turns for the first time. Mo­hay­men likes to be for­wardly placed. But the big­gest fac­tor in whether Fel­low­ship gets enough pace to run into could hinge on whether his sta­ble­mate runs.

The field drawn, in post po­si­tion or­der, in­cludes: Fel­low­ship, Zulu, Golden Ray, Awe­some Speed, Awe­some Ban­ner, and Mo­hay­men

Cherry Wine was not en­tered in the Foun­tain of Youth af­ter spik­ing a tem­per­a­ture last night, said trainer Dale Ro­mans.

New rider for Cathr yn Sophia

Cathryn Sophia will go post­ward the heavy fa­vorite in Satur­day’s Grade 2 Davona Dale, and she’ll do so with a new rider, Javier Castel­lano.

Joel Rosario rode Cathryn Sophia to her easy vic­tory in the Grade 2 For­ward Gal here last month and was sched­uled to have the mount again in the one-mile Davona Dale. But trainer John Servis had to reach out for Castel­lano af­ter Rosario suf­fered a bro­ken right wrist as a re­sult of a nasty spill in Satur­day’s Melody of Col­ors Stakes.

“Un­for­tu­nately it’s part of the life of be­ing a jockey,” said Servis, who trains Cathryn Sophia. “And as a trainer, it’s cer­tainly not what you hope for com­ing into a race like this, but what are you go­ing to do? Joel got to know her well in her last race, got her to set­tle nicely be­hind horses. For­tu­nately for us, a rider like Javier was avail­able, and we’ll just let him go out there and do his thing on Satur­day.”

Cathryn Sophia will break from post 5 in a field of seven en­tered Wed­nes­day for the Davona Dale, which also in­cludes stakes win­ner Lewis Bay and R Girls a Charmer, the un­de­feated Dear­est, Ron­tos Lily, Thrilled, and Bagema.

X Y Jet heads Sprint

The im­pos­ing pres­ence of X Y Jet held the field for the Grade 3 Gulf­stream Park Sprint to just eight starters. X Y Jet is us­ing the Sprint as a step­ping-stone to the Dubai Golden Sha­heen on March 26. His op­po­si­tion com­prises Candip, Grand Bili, Brother­sof­t­hetime, Ready for Rye, Griff, Trou­ble Kid, and Viva Ma­jorca.

Satur­day’s 13-race pro­gram kicks off at noon East­ern and will be­gin with a bang as the five-fur­long Texas Glit­ter has been carded as the open­ing event on a stakes-filled day of rac­ing. The Texas Glit­ter lured nine 3-year-olds, among them Man­hat­tan Dan, who set the pace through mid­stretch in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Turf, and No­hold­ing­back Bear, who’ll make his turf bow af­ter fin­ish­ing se­cond in the Grade 3 Hutch­e­son and fourth in the Grade 2 Swale here ear­lier this win­ter.

The other stakes on the 13-race Gulf­stream card in­clude the Texas Glit­ter, the Grade 3 Here­comes­the­bride, the Grade 3 Cana­dian Turf, the Sand Springs, and the Grade 3 Palm Beach.

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